Local students participate in state environmental science competition

The Eagle 1 FFA team from East Bladen High School placed eighth in FFA teams at the State Envirothon event held at Cedarock Park in Alamance County April 27-28.

Fifty middle school teams and 52 high school teams competed in five-member teams at the event.

Envirothon is the most widely recognized hands-on environmental education program in the nation. Middle and high school students immerse themselves in a year-long learning process that combines in-class curriculum with hands-on field experiences facilitated by resource professionals such as soil scientists, foresters and wildlife specialists. This intense training culminates in a competition where teams are tested in five subject areas: Soils/Land use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and a current environmental issue. Scores determine winning placements.

“Envirothon students often become serious stewards of our natural resources and advocates for a healthy planet.” said John Peeler, North Carolina’s former Envirothon Committee chair. “What bigger legacy can we leave?”

Locally, the Envirothon competition is coordinated by soil and water conservation districts and sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Fore information on how to participate in local, regional and state Envirothons, please visit http://www.ncenvirothon.org or contact Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District at kadavis@bladenco.org.